Antoine Meillet Bibliography Sample

Antoine Meillet, (born Nov. 11, 1866, Moulins, Fr.—died Sept. 21, 1936, Châteaumeillant), one of the most influential comparative linguists of his time. Using a comparative method of utmost precision, he clearly explained the early Indo-European linguistic system and traced its history. He steadily emphasized that any attempt to account for linguistic change must recognize that language is a social phenomenon. He also explored the psychological factors in sound changes.

In 1891 Meillet became director of comparative Indo-European studies at the School of Advanced Studies in Paris and taught Armenian from 1902 until 1906, when he was appointed a professor at the Collège de France. In 1903 he published what is generally considered his most important work, Introduction à l’étude comparative des langues indo-européennes (“Introduction to the Comparative Study of the Indo-European Languages”), which explained the relationships of the languages to one another and to the parent Indo-European tongue. Advancing a theory of linguistic differentiation, he suggested that languages that developed farther away from a centre of common origin are less disturbed by changes initiated at the point of origin and may retain archaic characteristics in common. Around the early 1900s he produced his authoritativeEsquisse de la grammaire comparée de l’arménien classique (1902; “Outline of a Comparative Grammar of Classical Armenian”) and also made the first of his notable contributions to Slavic studies. Part of his prodigious effort went into studies of the Germanic, Baltic, and Celtic languages; he made fundamental contributions to Old Iranian, notably with a grammar (1915), and produced two outstanding works (1913 and 1928) on the historical contexts and significance of Greek and Latin. In a number of articles he related sociological factors to changes in word meanings and other linguistic phenomena.

Meillet, A. (Antoine) 1866-1936


Works:992 works in 3,714 publications in 17 languages and 17,272 library holdings
Genres:Dictionaries  History  Bibliography  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Records and correspondence  Biography  Diaries 
Roles:Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Honoree, Collector, Contributor, Other, Singer, Director, pre, Translator, Vocalist
Classifications:P561, 410

Most widely held works about A Meillet



Most widely held works by A Meillet

Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine by A Ernout( Book )

223 editions published between 1931 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firma de J. Rafael Munoz

Introduction à l'étude comparative des langues indoeuropéennes by A Meillet( Book )

207 editions published between 1903 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1903, Antoine Meillet's Introduction a l'Étude comparative des langues Indo-Européennes exemplifies the key methodologies and insights of early twentieth-century comparative linguistics. Its primary aim, as Meillet states, was 'très limité': to provide a brief but comprehensive overview of the Indo-European languages and their shared linguistic structures. He accomplished this object and more in his Introduction, outlining a theory of language change that would influence a generation of linguists, including his students Émile Benveniste and André Martinet. Meillet's debt to his own mentor, Ferdinand de Saussure, is evident in his conception of language as simultaneously social and structural, a lived reality and a constantly evolving grammatical system. This second edition (1908) includes Meillet's extensive revisions and a new chapter on the development of Indo-European dialects. It remains a valuable introduction to the phonology, morphology, and grammar of the Indo-European language family

The Indo-European dialects by A Meillet( Book )

106 editions published between 1908 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linguistique historique et linguistique générale by A Meillet( Book )

197 editions published between 1908 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linguistique, philologie

General characteristics of the Germanic languages by A Meillet( Book )

103 editions published between 1917 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The distinguished French linguist Antoine Meillet (1866-1936) was a pupil of Saussure and one of the most important researchers and teachers of the twentieth century in the field of Indo-European languages, counting among his own pupils Benveniste, Dumézil and Martinet. In this book, first published in 1917, Meillet shows the unique features which mark out the Germanic languages (including English) from the rest of the Indo-European family. Acknowledging that the earliest written examples become available only long after 'proto-Germanic' had split into its various successor languages, he nonetheless supplies evidence both for the original language and for the developments which led to that splitting. His conclusion is that although the Germanic languages are indisputably Indo-European, even the most conservative (modern German) has moved a long way from its roots, and that English - both in grammar and in vocabulary - has moved furthest of all

The comparative method in historical linguistics by A Meillet( Book )

92 editions published between 1925 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu lun shu le li shi bi jiao yu yan xue zhong yi xie xing zhi you xiao de li lun fang fa he yuan ze

Aperçu d'une histoire de la langue grecque by A Meillet( Book )

129 editions published between 1913 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The echoes of Greek are heard in many modern languages. For example, the abstract vocabulary of the modern European languages derives largely from the vocabulary of the Greek philosophers and scholars, whether directly or via Latin writers who were educated according to the Greek tradition. First published in 1913, Antoine Meillet's history of Greek shows how the language, derived originally from Indo-European, developed over time in response to sociological and geographical factors. Meillet argues that its complexity is due to the constant borrowing of vocabulary and grammar from contemporary languages and regional dialects. Despite - or because of - its flexible and ever-changing nature, and the lack of consistency in usage between individual city states, Greek eventually became the language of great works of literature, philosophy and science

Les langues du monde by A Meillet( Book )

110 editions published between 1924 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traité de grammaire comparée des langues classiques by A Meillet( Book )

132 editions published between 1924 and 1979 in 4 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esquisse d'une histoire de la langue latine by A Meillet( Book )

129 editions published between 1921 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide



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